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Saturday, April 11, 2015

A Story Worth Telling

When I was in elementary school, it was a yearly assignment to write an autobiography. I could never think of anything to write. My life just wasn't that exciting. As I got older and the assignment kept coming, I wrote about breaking my arm at six, have measles, mumps, and chicken pox all within a few months of each other, and then being hit by a car. Those were the most memorable events in my life. I did add my salvation and baptism as those happened, but still there was nothing else of note in my life. Friends talked about their mothers bringing home baby siblings from the hospital or what they did on vacations, or other things they did with their families.

I chose to read this book, thinking it would help me write my own story. That's not precisely what this is all about. Bill Blankschaen has written a travel guide, adventure map, and how-to for leaving a legacy worth knowing, for writing a story with your life that is worth reading, and for making a difference in your world. As I read the book, I was reminded of 2 Corinthians 3:1-3

Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

This passage alone makes this book very important in today's world because so many people have not even seen a Bible, so being able to see what God is doing through our lives is imperative. There are parts of this book that will stay with me for a long time. It's a fairly fast read, but it still packs a great punch.

Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a travelogue of your life.

My thanks to Abingdon Press for allowing me to read and review this book.

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